• John Lim

MF 010 : How Angelo Spenillo Became a Rockstar Lawyer by Being Like Water

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Angelo embodies the be “like water” philosophy as his extraordinary career has spanned a diverse range from Justice Department tax appellate attorney to civil litigator to guitar salesman to account manager to product developer to social media & marketing specialist, all of which has culminated into his current position as general counsel at The Nerdery, a leading custom software design company. Outside the office, Angelo is the lead guitarist for the band Full Circle.  Being open to new challenges, taking big risks, but most importantly having the courage to take two steps back to move three forward has propelled Angelo into a career and life that he is passionate about.


  1. The Nerdery

  2. 2015 Corporate Counsel Award

  3. Bruce Lee’s Philosophy

Connect with Angelo:

  1. LinkedIn

Recs & Reads:

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In MF 010, Angelo Spenillo analogizes his extraordinary career to the classic 80s film ‘The Karate Kid’ (blu ray) / digital version in that like the protagonist Daniel, Angelo learned a variety of skills that seemed disconnected but came together to prepare him for his future.  Angelo describes his career as similar to Daniel’s karate training through various household chores; a seemingly confusing hodgepodge that all of a sudden comes together when he realizes that his sensei, Mr. Miyagi, is, in reality, teaching him blocking techniques.  Similarly, Angelo’s experiences in law, sales, account management, marketing and social media prepared him to become a highly successful business lawyer who can understand multiple aspects of representing a large technology company.  Angelo also differentiates the combative overtones of litigation with the more civil aspects of corporate law, following the sage advice of “be excellent to each other” from none other than Abraham Lincoln himself in another classic 80s movie, ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ (blu ray) / digital version. Other sources Angelo cites include the book ‘What Color is Your Parachute’ by Richard M. Bolles (paperback) / Kindle version, the wisdom of Yoda from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (blu ray) / digital version and Bruce Lee’s philosophies as contained in the Tao of Jeet Kune Do (paperback) / Kindle version.


In addition, ‘Moving Forward’ listeners can get two free audio books from Audible (details here).

Get Angelo’s new book I am a Professional Metalhead

On December 12th, 2019 (International Day of Heavy Metal), Angelo released his debut book, a fascinating look at his long career journey and how metal has influenced and inspired his career success.

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